Israel Brief June 5, 2013: 2 mortar shells explode in northern Golan Heights

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2 mortar shells explode in northern Golan Heights

Source: Ynetnews, 6-5-13

2 mortar shells explode in northern Golan Heights. Shells land in open area, IDF still uncertain on which side of border. Rebels, Assad forces clash over last 24 hours in villages near Israel….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief May 22, 2013: Amid Syria tensions, IAF chief Amir Eshel says ‘surprise war’ a threat

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Amid Syria tensions, IAF chief says ‘surprise war’ a threat

Source: Jerusalem Post, 5-22-13

Maj.-Gen. Eshel says S-300 missile defense system “on the way” to Syria from Russia; hints that advanced platform could embolden Assad; Gantz: The IDF is facing a substantial threat of a multi-arena conflict….READ MORE

Israel Brief May 22, 2013: Israeli soldier killed in Golan mine explosion

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Israeli soldier killed in Golan mine explosion

Source: JTA, 5-22-13

An Israeli soldier was killed in a mine explosion in the southern Golan Heights….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief May 21, 2013: Israeli, Syrian troops trade fire in Golan Heights

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Israeli, Syrian troops trade fire in Golan Heights

Source: Washington Post, 5-21-13

Israeli military and Syrian regular army troops exchanged fire early Tuesday along the cease-fire line in the occupied Golan Heights, an area that has become a potential flashpoint for spillover from the civil war in Syria….READ MORE

Israel Brief May 7, 2013: Rockets from Syria land in Golan for second day

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Rockets from Syria land in Golan for second day

Source: JTA, 5-7-13

A mortar shell fired from Syria landed in the Golan Heights in Israel for the second straight day….READ MORE »

Israel Brief May 6, 2013: Rockets fired from Syria strike Golan Heights

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Rockets fired from Syria strike Golan Heights

Source: JTA, 5-6-13

Two rockets fired from Syria hit the Golan Heights in Israel….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief April 12, 2013: Israel returns fire after Syria attack

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Israel returns fire after Syria attack

Source: Sky News Australia, 4-12-13

Israel returns fire after Syria attack. Israel’s army have fired artillery into Syria after gunshots and shells were directed at soldiers on the Israeli-occupied sector of the Golan Heights, the military said….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief April 17, 2012: New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie takes hawkish line on Israel — Against Withdrawl from Jerusalem, West Bank & Golan Heights

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Source: JTA, 4-17-12

N.J. Gov. Chris Christie takes hawkish line on Israel

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie cautioned against Israeli withdrawal from the West Bank, Jerusalem or the Golan Heights.

Speaking at a news conference Tuesday following his first trip to Israel earlier this month, Christie, who has been mentioned by Republicans as a possible vice presidential pick, said the most “eye-opening” part of his trip was a helicopter tour over part of the West Bank with Israeli military officials. Then-Texas Gov. George W. Bush expressed a similar sentiment after taking a similar helicopter tour in 1998 with then-Israeli Foreign Minister Ariel Sharon.

“Everyone who thinks they have an opinion that’s worth something on the Palestinian issue should take that tour,” Christie said. The helicopter ride took “three minutes from West Bank settlements to the Mediterranean. A missle goes much faster than a helicopter.”

Christie billed the trip, called “Jersey to Jerusalem,” as an “economic growth, diplomacy [and] observance” mission. Christie met with leaders of several Israeli companies, including Teva Pharmaceuticals and Project Better Place — the electric car startup — but the trip also focused on Israeli defense and policy.

The first-term governor added that he hoped to “expand my portfolio” as an up-and-coming national voice of the Republican Party. Last year, several Republican leaders urged Christie to run for president, but Christie demurred, and he has said he does not intend to seek national office during this gubernatorial term.

During the April 1-5 trip, Christie met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and discussed Israel’s security concerns and Iran’s suspected pursuit of a nuclear weapon.

“The prime minister is an articulate spokesman and advocate for how peace negotiations should be conducted,” Christie said.

Christie called his meeting with Israeli President Shimon Peres, 89, like “walking into a history book.”…READ MORE

Israel Political Brief March 23, 2012: Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman: Israel might withdraw from UN Human Rights Council

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Liberman: Israel might withdraw from U.N. Human Rights Council

Source: JTA, 3-23-12

Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman reportedly said he might recall Israel’s ambassador to the U.N. Human Rights Council after the council voted 36-1 to investigate the effects of Jewish settlements on Palestinians.

Liberman also said Israel would not cooperate with the fact-finding mission established by the council to probe settlements, the Jerusalem Post reported.

On Thursday, the council passed a resolution, with 10 abstentions, to investigate how Israeli settlement construction affects Palestinian human rights. The United States was the only country to vote against the resolution.

“This is a hypocritical council with an automatic majority against Israel,” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Thursday. “This council ought to be ashamed of itself.”

The Israeli leader noted that the council has made 91 decisions, 39 of which dealt with Israel, three with Syria and one with Iran.

“One only had to hear the Syrian representative speak today about human rights in order to understand how detached from reality the council is,” he said.

The decision requires the council to “dispatch an independent international fact-finding mission, to be appointed by the President of the Human Rights Council, to investigate the implications of the Israeli settlements on the civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights of the Palestinian people throughout the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem.” The mission will generate a report for the council.

The council on Thursday approved five resolutions critical of Israel, including implementing the Goldstone report on the Gaza war and criticizing Israel’s occupation of the Golan Heights.

The resolution on the settlements, which calls on Israel to cooperate in the investigation, also called on Israel to prevent settler violence against Palestinians in the West Bank.

A U.S. representative to the council said the U.S. is “deeply troubled by this council’s bias against Israel.”

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